Before I created Sea Diamonds, I was simply a single mom raising an amazing daughter and trying to make ends meet. Before this creation, it was me trying to deal with the notion of having to raise my child alone and not having her father around.
Unfortunately, my Fiancé was killed while riding his motorcycle on Father’s Day of 98′. A drunk driver ended his life and at the time I was two months pregnant. My strength, will and determination to make sure my daughter has a great life came from knowing that she was loved by an incredible loving man and I would do anything to have her in my life to make sure she felt that love and support he always had with me. I went through a time where I just had to find myself. Thank god my family was around to help me. I knew that with the love of my daughter and family, belief in God and knowing I have my families support, in time everything would be ok.
2. What made you want to start your own business?
During one of my many ventures, I was given the opportunity to work at a videography and photography company. By working there it allowed me to open my eyes and seize opportunities in the entertainment business. I learned how to network and work the crowd just to see how far I can get in the business. I was intrigued with the entire business and wanted to know more, finally I had found my calling.
In my travels, I met the one who I like to call my “Guardian Angel”, who has become one of the most important men in my life, Anthony Qban Morgan, CEO of Over Under. He manages major producers and is an A&R Music Consultant. This man literally took me under his wing and taught me everything I had to know about the business, where to do my research and how to approach major key players in the industry. I was driven and egger to learn. Once he saw I was picking up and learning the trade, he had enough confidence in me to allow me to work with him side by side. He lead me to many great outlets and encouraged me to find my nitch in the business. I figured what other way then to start a modeling company. Models and Music always go together so it made sense to me to venture off into model management. I started with a few girls, made a few mistakes in which I learned from and kept it moving. If it were not for him, this company would have not manifested into what it is now and it would not have the potential to be just as great if not greater than major model management companies who are on top of their game. I will continue to do business under the guidance of Anthony. He is not just a big part of the business, he is like a brother to me and he is the reason why Sea Diamonds is now in existence.
3. Who, if anyone did you ask for help?
I always went to Anthony for help, along with my family and I made sure to do a lot of research. I was one to ask many questions and if someone could not provide me with the answers, I would search for one. Knowing everything is key to being successful.
4. What have been your challenges so far?
Not to sound conceited because I am far from that, I found that my biggest challenge is being a WOMAN in a male dominated industry. Being pretty can create some major problems. There were times where I wanted to give up because in this business and being a woman, you constantly have to prove yourself. That is an automatic give in. Remember to keep your dignity. As my mother use to preach to me, “You are the captain of your own ship and image is everything”. Those statements are 100% true. Only we have the power of choice and the choices we make define who we are and who we become.
5. What have been your biggest accomplishments?
My biggest accomplishments have been being able to say I own my own company. Being able to work with many major recording artists such as Zion and Lennox, Hector El Father, Jim Jones and meeting all the wonderful people I have had the privilege to meet. Networking companies and individuals together and knowing that part of their success came from an introduction I made. My biggest accomplishment is seeing the business grow, continually working with really down to earth individuals that make all this worthwhile and working with people and models knowing that when I speak to them or about them, I can smile because I believe they are that great and are a very big asset to the company and especially to myself.
6. Where do you see Sea Diamonds in 5 years?
In 5 years I see my company successful and expanding to all aspects of the entertainment world, such as acting, singing, writing, etc. It’s a process I am currently working on now. I see the company rising above many other companies becoming one of the top in the industry not only because of the success or types of models I have but because of the way everyone is treated and respected. At the end of the day, old moral values play a role in most successful businesses. It’s about loyalty, bonding, and thriving to be the best at everything and anything you do. It’s about team work and being able to communicate. Success lies in the hands of those who learn, listen and think creatively and are always on top of their game knowing that new ideas are the most effective way of keeping your business on top.
7. What would you like to say to a young entrepreneur that is thinking about starting his/her own venture?
The best advice I can give is to do your research. You must be 100% positive you want to get into any venture and you have to make yourself knowledgeable in everything concerning the business and all legalities that go along with creating a business. Never go into anything blinded because it leaves room for error and you put yourself in a position where you can be taken advantage of and stripped of your dreams before you even have the opportunity to get your feet wet. Surround yourself with positive individuals who support you in what you do. Negative influences tend to distract you and cause you to fall. Create a business plan before you begin, know your short and long term goals and figure out if going into your venture is the best thing for you to do. Be careful not to tell your ideas to people who may in turn strip you of them and venture off on their own. Network with individuals who are in the same field as you or are in the field you want to pursue. Ask them many questions. Some individuals may shut you down. Know how to accept defeat but remember to rise up again. You must remember, we all get wounded in the beginning and sometimes it takes learning some hard experienced lessons for us to learn what not to do for the next time. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of the movie I just saw, but at the end of the movie there was a written letter which was perfect for those on the battle field and those venturing into business, it read, “I lay down to bleed awhile but I will rise to fight again”.
Do not let anyone take your dreams away, learn from your mistakes. For every hit you take, you better strengthen yourself and keep it moving. Never accept defeat or take no for an answer when you want to do something in the business (ethical things of course). Just remember for every one person you think you need, there are 50 others doing the same thing so do not feel a need to settle for anything. If you are going to put your heart, soul and monetary value into something, you better give it your all or do not even attempt to get into something you feel you can’t handle. Starting your own venture means devoting most if not all your time into your business. Your friendships can suffer and in many instances such as mine your personal life ceases to exist. Relationships do not last unless you have someone in your life who truly understands that at times they cannot see you, or hear from you because you are at meetings, etc. With a business comes major stress and aggravation. I will not make everything seem like it’s easy because it is not. At the end of the day you must ask yourself, is it all worth it? My reply… Absolutely, because it’s the most wonderful and fulfilling feeling to see your creation emerged into something spectacular and know you did it and you put everything on the line to get it. In the end, I will be a successful mom with a thriving business and know that my daughter and my family will be forever proud of me. I can be her role model, her idol. It is all worth it when you know it makes you and those closest to you happy.
Miss Mez, CEO of Sea Diamonds Model Management.
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